MEXICO – Back in June, the staff at Mexico Point Park thought they’d never see “Hoover” again.
The hand-carved wooden dog was handcrafted by a local artist and is a valuable piece of art.
“Hoover” is part of a project, including several other carvings, to show the history and usage of the park over the years.
“I didn’t think it would happen. But, two boys saw Hoover on a lawn (in a nearby town),” Sandra Scott of Mexico Point Park said. “The owner said his son gave it to him. He said he found it in a storage locker.”
The park staff “probably won’t press charges,” Scott told Oswego County Today, adding, “Hopefully he will learn a lesson. And, his parents, too!”
The park is a place where people of the community can come to enjoy the beautiful grounds, access to Lake Ontario and the facilities provided free of charge for the enjoyment of all, by the town of Mexico and the Friends of Mexico Point Park.
This was the third time that someone took advantage of the park’s open policy.
“Joseph Brandt,” one of the “Park People,” was taken in 2014 (and later returned).
In 2015 a person or persons felt they were entitled to the park’s split rail fence, Scott noted.
And now in 2016, part of another “Park People” statue, “Fishing,” was taken.
Also, a kid hung on the arm of “Carmen Basilio” and broke off the arm.
The park won’t commission any more statues; “too expensive and too much work goes into them,” Scott said.
Security measures at the park are under consideration.